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Watchet Boat Museum, Watchet

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Watchet Boat Museum is a small museum in Watchet, Somerset, England.It is housed in the 1862 Victorian architecture former railway goods shed of Watchet railway station, which is today located on the heritage West Somerset Railway.The exhibits include several types of boats found locally and associated artefacts, photographs and charts, plus nets and other items associated with their use. There are displays of maps, knotwork and boards showing the various uses of withy. There is also an example of a mudhorse which is a wooden sledge is propelled across the mudflats to collect fish from nets.The museum specialises in the shallow draft Flatner, a form of vessel once prevalent in the Bridgwater Bay and adjacent coastal areas. Flatners are small double-ended boats with no keel.Withy Boats and Turf Boats, which were between 16ft and 20ft long, were used on the Somerset Levels to carry peat and withies to market. They were built from elm boards or clinker and were pulled along the banks of the drainage ditches on the levels.River boats had a similar construction, but the bottom was curved to allow them to be launched down sloping muddy banks of rivers including the River Parrett, where they were used for Salmon fishing.
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  • Called in last Tuesday with grandkids and what a lovely museum. Its free to get in and lots of interactive things to do including a boat to climb around on to try on pirate hats, lifejackets etc. Grea...  more »
  • small boat museum . some interesting little boats from the local area ... I liked the turf boat .There is an upstairs to the museum ... up a spiral staircase, filled with ropes and other boaty stuff.  more »
  • Watcher is a hidden gem with museums of great interest,we went on the steam railway to watchet station and we went into town for a few hours, we didn't expect to find the museums there and were pleasa...  more »
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  • Very small but informative and free, has recently had a lot of money spent on a refurbishment